How to make and use a whetstone in Minecraft (2022)

How to make and use a whetstone in Minecraft (2022)

Using enchantments in Minecraft is pretty much the best way to upgrade your gear in the game. Until it isn’t. Thanks to the rigidity of the game mechanics, you can’t put anything better on your gear once you’ve used an enchantment. This leaves players in a sticky situation when they find better enchantments but have no unenchanted gear to use. If you have been in that situation, you just need to learn how to make and use a whetstone in Minecraft to fix this problem. And well, that’s not all. This multipurpose utility block can do a variety of things for you and your team. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and first find out how you can make a whetstone in Minecraft.

Make a whetstone in Minecraft (2022)

Grindstone is a unique functional block that can help you repair equipment as well as disenchant it. It also doubles as a job site block for villagers with jobs in Minecraft. Let us understand how to get and use whetstone in Minecraft Java and Bedrock.

Why do you need a whetstone in Minecraft?

Grindstone is a powerful block that allows you repair your tools and equipment. This block does this by combining two elements of the same material and adding their overall durability. While doing so, grindstone also adds extra durability to the repaired object, which varies according to the material of which it is made. You can find a detailed table of all item durability bonuses at minecraft wiki.

In addition to repairing, the whetstone block also allows you to disenchant enchanted items by combining them with other enchanted or unenchanted items. However, a whetstone cannot remove curses in Minecraft, including the Vanishing Curse and the Binding Curse. However, if you want to learn how to remove enchantments in Minecraft, check out our article dedicated to this topic.

Grindstone as a job site block

In addition to its main function as a repair and disenchantment block, the whetstone also functions as a construction block for villagers. If you are raising villagers in Minecraft, you can use it to assign or change your job to that of a blacksmith.

Materials needed to make a whetstone

To craft a whetstone in Minecraft, you only need three items. The main ingredients for the recipe for making a tooth are:

  • 2 sticks
  • 2 planks (any wood)
  • 1 stone slab

You can get four wooden planks by placing a wooden log anywhere on your crafting table in Minecraft. We only need two planks to make a grinding stone. In the meantime, you can place the other two planks vertically next to each other in the crafting area to get two sticks. Now all that’s left to learn is how to make stone slabs.

How to get a stone slab

Follow the steps below to get cobblestone blocks, which you can smell to make a stone slab in minecraft. This is how the process goes:

1 First, collect 3 cobblestone blocks in Minecraft by breaking them with a wooden pickaxe.

Stone and cobblestone fallen in Minecraft to make a flower bed

2. Next, use an oven in Minecraft to cast cobblestone into stone blocks. You can use additional wooden planks for fuel.

Foundry of cobblestones in Minecraft

3. Finally, use a stone cutter or place the three stone blocks in the lowest cells of the crafting area to turn them into stone slabs. We only need one stone slab to make a whetstone in Minecraft.

Crafting Stone Slab Recipe

How to make a whetstone in minecraft

After collecting the ingredients, you need to combine them on the crafting table to make a grinding stone in minecraft.

To do so, you must first place the sticks in the corner slots towards the top row of the elaboration area and then put a board under each stick in the second row. These planks do not have to be the same type of wood. Finally, place the stone slab in the center cell of the top row to finish the recipe.

Crafting Recipe Grindstone - Make a grindstone in Minecraft

Once the grinding wheel is ready, you need to place it on a solid block to use it. We recommend you do it within a town, so you can also get an armorer villager without any effort.

How to use a whetstone in minecraft

Whetstone in Minecraft

Now that you know how to make a grinding stone in Minecraft, it’s time to find out how to use this block. But before that, you need to learn some basic mechanics that this block follows:

  • A grindstone in Minecraft features two entry slots where you can place items to combine them for increased durability and to remove enchantments..
  • You can’t use it to combine two non-identical items (like a pickaxe and a sword), and you can’t use it to combine items made of different materials (like a diamond sword and a wooden sword).
  • In addition to combining the durability of the elements placed, the grinding wheel also provides greater durability depending on the material of the elements.
  • Lastly, even though you have to put two items on the grinder for it to work, the end result is always a single item.

Unlike most utility blocks, the grindstone has more than one function and they depend on the combination of items placed on it. Let us understand this concept with some use cases.

Enchanted Item + Enchanted Item

enchanted and enchanted object

If you place two enchanted items on a whetstone in Minecraft, the the result will always be an unenchanted item. Depending on the number and level of enchantments, also get some experience next to the output element. Don’t forget that you don’t get any experience if the enchantments on your items are curses, as they can’t be removed with a whetstone.

Enchanted Item + Unenchanted Item

If you combine an enchanted item with an unenchanted item on the tooth, the result will again be an unenchanted item. However, if the enchanted item had a curse on it, it will automatically be applied to the output item. The resulting item will still have the curse on it, and you will have an enchanted item at your disposal.

enchanted and unenchanted object

In either case, you will gain some experience based on the number and level of enchantments on the item. And the output will have the combined durability of the two articles.

Unenchanted Item + Unenchanted Item

unenchanted and unenchanted object

Combining two unenchanted items is the easiest way to use a whetstone in Minecraft. The result of the combination of the two input elements has no enchantment, and does not give any experience either. Instead, you only get an item that has the combined durability of the two items along with an additional durability bonus.

Use Grindstone in Minecraft to repair your equipment

With that, you now have another powerful tool at your disposal that you can use to repair your items and disenchant them in no time. You can also use our guide covering how to remove enchantments in Minecraft for more alternatives. Once your item is free of enchantments, you can use enchanted books in minecraft to use new enchantments. Also, our dedicated list of the best Minecraft enchantments can help you figure out which enchantments to pick and avoid during your game. With that being said, do you think the whetstone is a useful block in Minecraft? Tell us in the comments below!

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